Map My Tracks screen shotI suppose that there are some highly motivated people who find their motivation from within. For most of us, though, certainly for me, external motivation helps move us forward. I have an app on my iPhone called Map My Tracks that records data about my walks. It syncs to a web site. Before the web site was updated (and made less user-friendly in my opinion) I would get a weekly email that summarized my work and gave me a ranking. After the update the emails stopped coming.

I have to say that the emails helped keep me on track. This time of year with colder weather and rain (we appreciate the rain!) it’s harder to stay consistent with my exercise, but I just need to reach for the internal motivation since that one external prompt is no longer there.

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